Not-so-scary Pumpkins

Posted on November 7, 2010

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Pity the pumpkin…

The pumpkin suffers at our hands at this time of year, as we carve and hack away at it’s flesh to create scary faces into it’s glossy skin. I had a pumpkin left over from this Halloween cruelty, untouched and in need of new purpose.

There was of course recipe usage; pumpkin soup and roasted pumpkin with maple syrup being the immediate choices there. However, inspired by recent perusing of wedding table centres, I thought that turning it into a vase and filling it with autumnal flowers would be a happier use than it would have otherwise had!

You can make this in about 10 minutes and only need a pumkin, florists oasis, a small dish and flowers!

Use a sharp knife to carve the top off the pumpkin. Scoop out the flesh and seeds (you can keep the seeds and toast them with oil, seasoning and spices if you have the desire!). Place a small dish inside the pumpkin, fill dish with water and cut oasis to fill cavity and sit snuggly in dish. Cut flowers to appropriate height and place as you wish into the oasis. Recommend turning it regularly when you’re putting the flowers in to make sure it looks good from all angles – especially if using as a table centre.

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